Dr. Karen Otazo has been a global executive coach and mentor for executives in transnational companies worldwide for more than 25 years. Her second book, The Truth About Being a Leader (2007), was recognized as one of the Top Five Best Business Books for 2007 by Strategy and Business.
Dr. Otazo’s experience makes her uniquely equipped to work with executives connecting cultures in global corporations, national subsidiaries, international ventures and strategic alliances.
She sits on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Citizens for Affordable Energy and Best Partners. Karen is a fellow of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, an international learning community dedicated to sustainable business.
Sheryl Spanier is a thought leader, media contributor and master practitioner of Executive Career Management who is sought out to coach and advise international leaders and their teams. After working as a consultant and market leader for four premier career management companies, she started her own firm in 2004. With more than 25 years in the field, Spanier combines empathy and pragmatism to coach clients in maximizing the interpersonal side of their business strategies and to lead individual and organizational change.
She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a founding member of the Association for Career Professionals International and is certified as a Fellow by the Institute for Career Certification International.
The Portable Executive:
Staying Power goes beyond the current economic storm. This is a timely and also timeless guide for leaders who want to support their organizations and themselves in turbulent circumstances. You can read it in an afternoon and apply the ideas immediately. Its optimistic theme and tools truly have "staying power."
Robert Lee, PhD
Founder, Lee Hecht Harrison
Former President, Center for Creative Leadership
New York, NY
“With decades of experience in high-level executive coaching, Spanier and Otazo have finessed the best strategies to meet the needs of today’s uncertainty & shifts in the marketplace.”
Marcia Greenleaf, Ph.D.
Assist. Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, NY
“Staying Power is an excellent executive-level desktop checklist and reminder to pay attention to how you drive results while maintaining equanimity, presence and resilience.”
Dr. Joel Levy
Chief Executive Officer,YAI/National Institute for People With Disabilities
New York, NY
"This book offers clear, crisp, practical guidance. You just have to take the time to ‘tune in’ to what is happening around you. One often needs to be reminded of common sense advice provided.”
Director of Consulting Services,Talent International Development Limited
Central, Hong Kong
“Spanier and Otazo show how cultural awareness, firm faith and self-reflection make the difference. They highlight how authentic and inspiring connections with colleagues and communities speed adaptation in the face of crisis and uncertainty. Keep the book in your survival kit for added staying power.”
Co-Director Clayground Collective Limited
“In a time of tumultuous change, I found this guide incredibly refreshing–pithy and practical, it changed my mindset and helped me through a tough time.”
Managing Director and Head of European Research, Nomura
(formerly at Lehman Brothers)
“Leave Happy is a short, informative guide for smart, smooth and sober executive transitions. During my past careers as an executive search consultant, coach and leader, and as an HR Generalist, I have observed many painful and demotivating executive transitions and departures. Leave Happy can make the experience a constructive way to reinvent yourself.”
VP Corporate Talent Sourcing & Development,
UCB, Brussels, Belgium
“An action plan that people are ‘wowed’ by: equally creative and practical."
Founder and Past President,
Career Counselors Consortium, New York
“An insightful, motivating and highly practical guide to successfully navigating career transitions.”
Vice President, PepsiCo. Hong Kong
“The successful executive in these times is going to have to be agile. This guide replaces platitudes with pragmatic advice that works in the real world.”
Founder & CEO,
“I wish this book had been available when I left The Economist Group to begin my new ‘portable’ career. It is full of wisdom and packed with practical tips and advice. Whether you are working inside an organization and looking to add zest to your career, or starting on a new path, this is a must-read.”
Author and Business Consultant,
“The Portable Executive is a logical accompaniment to Sheryl's and Karen's first guide, Leave Happy, and an excellent guide for executive career growth. With the longevity of existing jobs, careers and organizations rapidly declining in today’s world, this guide provides the successful executive with the tools to take care of his or her career accordingly; it is one book that won’t be gathering dust on the bookshelf anytime soon.”
Vice President, Government and Public Sector Sales,
Taleo Corporation, California
“In a time of great turbulence, Sheryl Spanier and Karen Otazo remind us that linear thinking cannot help us through discontinuous change: Portability is the key attribute needed for the new world of work. This guide provides powerful support for any executives trying to steer their careers through these turbulent times.”
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant,